Rays pick the one-game option in three-way tie scenario
As expected, the Rays took the option of playing just one game - albeit on the road - if they end up in a three-way tie with the Red Sox and Angels for the AL wild-card.
"I like the idea of only having to play one game,'' manager Joe Maddon said. "Starting pitching, you can point it in that one direction, going on the road doesn't necessarily bother us. ... The idea of just playing one and not two games makes a lot of sense.''
The Rays were the top seed of the three by having the best combined record against the other two, and thus had first choice of three scenarios in a conference call today with MLB.
The Rays chose Option C, which means the Angels and Red Sox would first play on Thursday, in Boston, and then the Rays would play the winner at their home park on Friday, with the winner of that game the AL Wild Card and advancing to the actual playoffs.
Here is the release from MLB:
Major League Baseball announced today the tiebreaking sequence that would
be played if the regular season ends with a three-way tie for the American
League Wild Card.
If the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim finish in a three-way tie for the Wild Card, then two games will be
played in the first two days after the regular season. The games will be
played according to designations based on the head-to-head three-way
records among the tied clubs:
· The Rays went 12-6 against the Red Sox and 4-4 against the
Angels. Combined: 16-10 (.615).
· The Red Sox went 6-12 against the Rays and 6-2 against the
Angels. Combined: 12-14 (.462).
· The Angels went 4-4 against the Rays and 2-6 against the Red
Sox. Combined: 6-10 (.375).
The designations dictate that:
· Club A would host Club B on Thursday, September 29th.
· Club C would play at the winner of the A vs. B game on Friday,
Because the Rays held the best head-to-head record among the three tied
clubs, the Rays received the first choice of designation and the Red Sox
had the second choice. If such a scenario arises:
· The Rays have chosen to be Club C, playing a road game on Friday,
· The Red Sox have chosen to be Club A, hosting the first
tiebreaker game on Thursday, September 29th.
· The Angels, as Club B, would play the Red Sox at Fenway Park on
· The winner of the Thursday’s Angels-Red Sox game would host the
Rays on Friday, September 30th.
· The winner of Friday’s game would be the American League Wild